Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY ONE + Giveaways

by Tasnim

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Today I am joining my friend Rubeena Ianigro in celebrating her four-year crafting anniversary. If you came from her blog, you are right on track! In light of this celebration, I thought I would share a little fun fact about my discovery of clear stamps.

I have been crafting and making cards from a very young age, but I only discovered stamps more recently – about seven years ago. One day I was out buying some ink pads for two woodblock stamps that I had received as a gift. Near the ink pads aisle, I noticed some clear rubbery material which had the word ‘stamp' on its package. I thought they looked interesting and bought a couple of them.

Now here is the funny part, I didn't buy any blocks, for I had no clue that clear stamps needed blocks! Instead, I simply peeled them off their sheet and tried to ink them using my hands like you would use a block. You can imagine how frustrated I was with the process! However, it wasn't long before I realized that I needed to get those ‘glass blocks' which I had seen next to the clear stamps but had no idea what they were at the time. I also had no idea how much I was about to get involved with clear stamps!

For today's hop, I decided to create a card using one of my all-time favorite techniques: applying ink with a sponge applicator. I mostly combine this technique with masking, but this time I did something different.

Halftone circlesUsing the Halftone Circles Nesting Die Set, I die cut circles of various sizes from the same piece of white cardstock. I overlapped some of the circles so I could arrange them like puzzle pieces.

Halftone circlesc1I used the following Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Peach Perfect, Rubellite, Minty Mint, and Lagoon to color my die-cut circles using a sponge applicator. For the sentiment, I used the Fine Alphabet Die Set along with some Gold Foil Cardstock.

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Blog Hop!

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!


In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia – $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird – $50 gift card
Altenew – $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio – $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs – $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted – £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp – $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire – $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC – $40 gift card
Mama Elephant – $25 gift card
Hero Arts – $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC – Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn – $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios – four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson – two $25 gift cards
Pretty Pink Posh – two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market – July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop – $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna – a 4×6 stamp set
Waffle Flower – $25 gift card
Power Poppy – $50 gift card

Your next stop on the hop is Pinkfresh Studio Blog

Thanks for joining me today!


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Halftone Circles Nesting Die Set
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Minty Mint Crisp Dye Ink
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Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink
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Monika August 29, 2018 - 10:07

Super cool card Tasnim. Love those circles in the background… the pastel colors look great with the gold letters. What a fun blog hop! I love Rubeena’s creations. :)

donidoodle August 29, 2018 - 10:12

Love the colors of your circles and the gold letters are fantastic!

Bessie Phillips August 29, 2018 - 10:28

Beautiful. Happy anniversary!

Croppinmama August 29, 2018 - 11:06

Such a fun, cheerful card design. It will put a smile on the recipient’s face. Thanks for your generous prize.

Patty Eifert August 29, 2018 - 11:14

I love yout card…love the pretty colors you used on the circles! Best of all I love your story about the clear stsmps!!

Jennifer Petersen August 29, 2018 - 11:53

Beautiful card! I love the way you puzzled the circles together. I also enjoyed your personal story you shared about stamping. Thank you for sharing.

sftbalrcks August 29, 2018 - 12:25

Love the simple but striking design!

Francene Greene August 29, 2018 - 13:13

I love your story about the stamps. Your card is simple, but elegant. Many thanks!

smoot77 August 29, 2018 - 13:24

What a fun and simple card. TFS

Tamala Priebe August 29, 2018 - 13:59

Sweet card, very pretty.

Parker Lee August 29, 2018 - 15:01

I smiled while reading your story because it came close to home for me. Love the circles Layout & Color, and the bright, shiny HELLO sets it off.

Jennifer Archambault August 29, 2018 - 15:38

Clean and classic looking…I really love your design and colors used.

Jeanne Christie August 29, 2018 - 16:10

Love the colors!!

Karen @ August 29, 2018 - 16:31

What a beautiful color palette! Love the CAS design!

Sherrie Johnson August 29, 2018 - 18:56

What a lovely card! I really like the soft look…the colors are gorgeous. And that “HELLO”??? Beautiful! Really a beautiful card, Tasnim

Denise Mlady August 29, 2018 - 19:27

Simple card but so fun. Love the color combo.

Heidi Rees August 29, 2018 - 19:35

I love the look of sponge application but haven’t gotten up the courage to try, I’m going to have to! Beautiful job!

lisascreativeniche August 29, 2018 - 21:38

Love the inlaid circles!

Kim Beldowski August 29, 2018 - 22:03

Love! Love! Looove that Gold!

colleen moore August 29, 2018 - 23:19

going in circles often

Roberta S August 29, 2018 - 23:26

I really love your story. The colors in your card are so cheerful. Thank you for sharing.

Robin August 29, 2018 - 23:37

Love your card. Thanks for sharing.

Tracie Pond Designs August 30, 2018 - 01:15

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Tasnim. Seven years were not that long ago. You have made amazing accomplishments in such a short period of time. Congratulations!!! Thank you for sponsoring Rubeena’s 4 year crafting anniversary. Smiles, Tracie

Cindy Holmes August 30, 2018 - 02:04

What a lovely card! I really love the soft colors that you used here! I also love that you have the word Hello in gold! really makes it stand out so nicely!

raggiodiluce82 August 30, 2018 - 06:15

What a pretty card!!! Love your technique!!!

Beth B. August 30, 2018 - 07:11

Great simple geometric design!

Leanne S August 30, 2018 - 07:15

A simple but beautiful card.

Jan Metcalf August 30, 2018 - 08:03

Rubeena has definitely made a mark on the industry to have so many great sponsors!! Thank you!

heidimakeyourlifecolourful August 30, 2018 - 08:33

Love this happy card design, thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!

Stacey Kowbel August 30, 2018 - 10:58

Fabulous card! I love the design!

Nelya August 30, 2018 - 11:22

Pretty! I like stamping and other items that you can reuse (rather than something like stickers that you just use once).

Nelya August 30, 2018 - 12:52

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Mary Ann Johnson August 30, 2018 - 13:09

Your card is so pretty! I am so glad to see the half tones up close in a card. I was curious about them.

Jaycee August 30, 2018 - 13:37

Love the color combination.

Denise Ward August 30, 2018 - 14:53

I love how using just a few basic supplies can lead to a really fun design! The circles are bright and cheerful and the gold-foil letters provide a classic touch to a simple greeting! Great card!

BeverlyBL August 30, 2018 - 17:28

Congratulations, Rubeena.

I love the colored circles with the GOLD letters. So pretty

Cathy Lillie August 30, 2018 - 17:40

Such a fun card! I like that you cut the circles to fit like a puzzle. I’m so glad you got into the stamping industry; Altenew is a wonderful and generous company. It’s so wonderful that you’re contributing to Rubeena’s celebration.

Julia MITRA August 30, 2018 - 19:10

Very pretty card with colored circles! Simple, but stylish! Love this!
Congratulations, Rubeena!!

Cheryl Rigney August 30, 2018 - 20:23

Such a happy card!! I love your choice of a softer color palette.

Valerie Pass August 30, 2018 - 21:28

Simple but beautiful card!

Beata August 30, 2018 - 22:47

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing

Christy Q August 31, 2018 - 07:51

What a great CAS card with awesome colors and the pop of gold!!

Leanne S August 31, 2018 - 08:46

Pretty card! SImple & sweet.

Tracy Lustick August 31, 2018 - 10:57

I personally love these simple but noteworthy cards ♥️, beautiful job !

Tammy August 31, 2018 - 11:37

Fabulous card and such a great design that could be used with ink, as you did, or even your scraps! TFS!

Jo Edwards August 31, 2018 - 12:40

Such a simple yet pretty design, love the soft colour palette with the elegant gold letters

Crimson Owl Creations August 31, 2018 - 13:20

I love the beautiful simplicity of this fun hello card! Very pretty!

Amanda Laine August 31, 2018 - 18:26

Your color combo is one of my favorites!

Yasmine Omar August 31, 2018 - 20:39

I love the card, it’s full of beautiful colors. Also I loved to know your fun story about how you discover the clear stamps. Thanks for sharing.

Andre M. August 31, 2018 - 21:36

Fab design on this lovely card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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